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MDC to Host Free Training for Kindergarten Teachers Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 in Hannibal

Written by on July 25, 2022

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kindergarten teachers to attend teacher workshops that will focus on MDC’s new curriculum, Kindergarten: Bears Through the Season.

There are currently two workshops scheduled with more dates to be set in the future. The first workshop will be Aug. 18 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Hannibal office. The second workshop will also be held at the Hannibal office on Sept. 15 from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

MDC invites kindergarten teachers to upcoming workshops in Hannibal to learn more about a new Discover Nature Schools curriculum focusing on Missouri’s black bears.
(Photo Courtesy MDC)

Kindergarten: Bears through the Season is a brand new curriculum produced by MDC that is aligned to all kindergarten Missouri Learning Science (MLS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including the four components of Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science and Engineering and Technology Science.  

This curriculum follows the four seasons with four seasonal units and 23 lessons. All lessons are wrapped under the anchoring phenomena of Missouri black bears and their habitat. All lessons use the 5E instruction model beginning with Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.

These teacher trainings will introduce teachers to the free student guide and teacher guide as well as the MDC Teacher Portal and other resources. The MDC Conservation Educator will prepare teachers on how to instruct the lessons both indoors and outdoors. Participating teachers become certified to receive the DNS Kindergarten Teacher Kit and funding to transport students on their field experience outside of school grounds.  

To register for the Aug. 18 event, go to

To register for the Sept. 15 event, go to

The Hannibal MDC office is located at 8965 Highway 36 in Hannibal. For more information about this event, call (573) 248-2530.